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By Comprehension Connection
Reading fluency is a critical skill for all primary readers. Using a Poem of the Week program is a well establish fluency building strategy. This fun and engaging winter poetry bundle includes 9 ORIGINAL poems with blackline illustrations and color
Subjects:
Poetry, Winter, Spring
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Centers
CCSS:
RF.2.4, RF.2.4a, RF.2.4b, RF.2.4c, RF.3.4, RF.3.4a, RF.3.4b, RF.3.4c, RF.4.4, RF.4.4a, RF.4.4b...
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By Comprehension Connection
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a classic, must read book for all children. It was the very first Jan Brett book I read and bought for my children, and these activities will be just what you need to share it in a meaningful way with your students. In
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5
$4.99
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Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco is a must read with every upper elementary class, but to make the most of it, you need comprehension focused activities for deeper meaning. Thank You Mr. Falker's rich vocabulary and meaningful themes are so
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10
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Kindness in the Classroom is so important, and one of the best books to help teach this is Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. This bundle in both digital using Google Slides TM and PDF includes a book companion for introductions, a hands on
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Classroom Community
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5...
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Reading fluency is a critical skill for all primary readers. Using a Poem of the Week program is a well establish fluency building strategy. This bundle includes 9 original poems with blackline illustrations and color illustrations for fall and the
Subjects:
Poetry, Autumn, Winter
Grades:
2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.2.4, RF.2.4a, RF.2.4b, RF.2.4c, RF.3.4, RF.3.4a, RF.3.4b, RF.3.4c, RF.4.4, RF.4.4a, RF.4.4b...
$5.99
72
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst is a classic. We all have bad days, and you can use this EASY TO USE and MEANINGFUL activities highlight the book's themes.HOW TEACHER USE THE ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Guided Reading Books, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RF.3.4
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Henry's Freedom Box, a true story told by Ellen Levine, narrates the compelling journey of Henry "Box" Brown escaping his life as a slave in the south to be free in the north. This book is an engaging read-aloud to use when teaching about the
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading Strategies, Black History Month
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.6, RL.4.9, RL.5.2, W.5.2
$6.00
131
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By Comprehension Connection
Author's Purpose is not as easy as it seems. With this resource, you can explain it, help students identify the look fors, practice with multiple texts, sort examples, and apply learning with real life examples. When the project is complete,
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.5.8, CCRA.R.6
$4.00
278
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By Comprehension Connection
Jan Brett is a favorite author for the winter months. This comprehensive Jan Brett author study includes resources for her most popular titles including The Hat, The Mitten, Armadillo Rodeo, Wild Christmas Reindeer, Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Winter
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.9, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7...
$57.89
$37.89
235
Bundle
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Using poetry to build reading fluency is a highly effective strategy, and this HUGE bundle helps you do just that all year with the *57* ORIGINAL poetry sets included. PLUS you get my Poetry Pros Activities for Figurative Language and Comprehension
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Poetry, Phonics
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Centers
CCSS:
RF.2.4, RF.2.4a, RF.2.4b, RF.2.4c, RF.3.4, RF.3.4a, RF.3.4b, RF.3.4c, RF.4.4, RF.4.4a, RF.4.4b...
$40.93
$29.99
89
Bundle
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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a delightful story that is perfect to read during the winter months. Yolen takes readers on a early morning journey, describing it with an interesting array metaphors and vivid imagery which makes it an excellent mentor
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Winter
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.3
$4.99
132
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By Comprehension Connection
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco is perfect for integration with your weather unit in science. This TIME SAVING unit will keep your kids FOCUSED as you work on specific reading skills and strategies in PRINT or with GOOGLE SLIDES TM. HOW TO USE THIS
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.9, RL.4.2...
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Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg is the BEST mentor text for teaching inferences, but with this well planned bundle, you can teach so much more! You have both digital options for Google Slides TM and printable activities for paired and small group
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.5.1, RL.5.2...
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By Comprehension Connection
If you love Patricia Polacco's books, then this book study bundle is just what you need. My Patricia Polacco Book Study Bundle includes materials for *13* titles PLUS an author research lapbook for a total of 560+ pages of materials. You get
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5...
$67.87
$34.00
168
Bundle
By Comprehension Connection
If you're using a rodeo theme this year, Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett is the perfect book. It's one of my favorite Jan Brett titles, and this unit will make your planning EASY and lessons EFFECTIVE with all of the engaging options.HOW TEACHERS CAN
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.6, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.7...
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By Comprehension Connection
Salt in His Shoes by Deloris and Roslyn Jordan is a wonderful book for introducing a study of Michael Jordan's life and contributions. This interactive bundle includes graphic organizers for group discussion, question task cards, a lapbook project,
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading Strategies, Black History Month
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.3.3, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, W.4.1
$4.99
43
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By Comprehension Connection
The Relatives Came is a classic from Cynthia Rylant. This EASY TO USE comprehension focused book companion is perfect for the middle grades. It includes before, during, and after activities in both PDF and Digital for Google Slides TM. HOW TO USE
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7
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By Comprehension Connection
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Orloff is a great choice as a mentor text for persuasive writing. This comprehensive unit will help your students get plenty of reading practice as close reading routines are implemented AND provide great examples for writing
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.4.1, W.2.1...
$4.99
15
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By Comprehension Connection
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco is a great choice for spring or any time of year, really. This comprehension focused bundle will save you TIME and provide your kids with meaningful learning for a great book! HOW IS THIS CHICKEN SUNDAY UNIT
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.7, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.5, RL.5.6
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By Comprehension Connection
This camping themed poem will be a hit with your students who love the outdoors and adventures. It is an original poem that I wrote to share with my blog readers as part of poetry blog post, and it is part of a larger poetry bundle in my store. If
Subjects:
Reading, Poetry, Autumn
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables
$1.00
59
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a reading specialist with 27 years of experience. Recently, I took early retirement to homeschool our daughter. My experience has been split between classroom experience in first, fourth, and fifth and reading intervention. Most recently, I worked as a literacy coach. I also worked for a year as a tech specialist until the position was eliminated.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Because my primary responsibility has been reading intervention with struggling readers, my instructional methods are based upon the individual needs of the students in my groups. My lessons are hands-on, active, and thoughtful. I encourage lots of oral discussion with high level questioning, and I include writing throughout the reading process. I LOVE interactive notebooks, anchor charts, mentor texts, and working with anything fun and active.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In the past,, I've received two educational grants totaling four thousand dollars to build a leveled library and lending room for literacy workstations. With these funds combined with Title 1 reading funding, we've been able to add nearly 3000 books to our tradebook library. I also present workshops often through my involvement with the Virginia State Reading Association and my local reading council where I've served as president this past year..

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and a Master's degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I blog at Comprehension Connection, Classroom Tested Resources and Adventures in Literacy Land. I hope you'll drop by to read more about best practices in literacy instruction and share ideas of your own. To sign up for my monthly newsletter, CLICK HERE

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